Sirens of the United States
Sirens are aquatic permanent larvae and are easily mistaken for eels as they have long bodies with external gills and gill slits, no hind limbs, and tiny forelegs. Sirens are primarily carnivorous and they forage at night for prey. When their watery habitat dries up, sirens aestivate in mud burrows. GLands in the skin secrete a mucus cocoon to protect their bodies from desiccation. Gender cannot be determined visually.
There are three species of Sirens in the U.S.
Found in the coastal plain of South Carolina and georgia and Floirda except the western panhandle.
Found in the coastal plain from southeastern North Carolina to central Florida, west to parts of Texas and Oklahom, north to southwestern Michigan.
Found in the coastal plain from the District of Columbia south through Florida and southern Alabama.